Tari is a township renowned for its Huli Wigmen. Located in the Southern Highlands Province, the fascinating culture of the Huli people endures today.
Life in Tari hasn’t caught up with the modern times and so locals still sustain a mostly primitive existence. People still wear traditional garb, and land and pigs remain the definitive icons of wealth. Young men are still reared to be self-sufficient braving the surrounding jungle alone for extended periods as a rite of passage to manhood. When it’s cause for celebration, the Huli Wigmen dedicate much time and effort to attiring in their spectacular costumes.
The Huli Wigmen can be seen performing in sing-sings at some of the colourful annual shows in Papua New Guinea. Easily identified by their yellow painted faces, the Huli Wigmen adorn elaborate wigs made predominantly of real hair. Young Huli men attend a school operated by an official wig master for a number of years to perfect the art of wig making.
Things to see and do
Visiting Tari offers visitors the opportunity to explore the rich and diverse culture of the Huli people. Trans Niugini Tours offers regional culture tours for those seeking more in depth knowledge about the locals.
Ambua Lodge is an eco-friendly lodge surrounded by pristine rainforest. It employs local guides who will take visitors out for an exciting birdwatching adventure.
With lush rainforest at your doorstep, it’s difficult not to embark on a trekking tour to immerse yourself in the natural surrounds.
Cultural attractions worth checking out
- Wig School
- Hela Spirit Dancers
- Wedding ceremony
- Sun dance